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      n   pl   , -ties  
1    deliberate infliction of pain or suffering  
2    the quality or characteristic of being cruel  
3    a cruel action  
4      (Law)   conduct that causes danger to life or limb or a threat to bodily or mental health, on proof of which a decree of divorce may be granted  

      adj   (of a cosmetic or other product) developed without being tested on animals  
mental cruelty  
      n   behaviour that causes distress to another person but that does not involve physical assault  
persistent cruelty  
      n     (Brit. law)   conduct causing fear of danger to the life or health of a spouse (used in matrimonial proceedings before magistrates)  
theatre of cruelty  
      n   a type of theatre advocated by Antonin Artaud in Le Théâtre et son double that seeks to communicate to its audience a sense of pain, suffering, and evil, using gesture, movement, sound, and symbolism rather than language  
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barbarity, bestiality, bloodthirstiness, brutality, brutishness, callousness, depravity, ferocity, fiendishness, hardheartedness, harshness, heartlessness, inhumanity, mercilessness, murderousness, ruthlessness, sadism, savagery, severity, spite, spitefulness, venom, viciousness  

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